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A single mother, a tornado and a cosmetic business

Being a single mother is difficult in all circumstances, but especially for women who are in the lower income range and who also have to bear the burden of natural disasters. 45-year-old Danmati Devi Yadav from Telgai village, mother of three daughters, is exposed to both: Several times in her life she had to push…

March 30, 2020
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Community partners share their experience about Nepal’s first recorded tornado

“The sound,” Dukhiram Mahara Chamaar begins to tell. “I’ll never forget that sound. A humming sound that was followed by a lot of suffering.” “At first it sounded like a firestorm. It was already evening and we came outside to see where the terrible noise was coming from. It was a storm and it also…

March 23, 2020
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Thinking outside the box – working hard for the next generation

Goma Chepang and her aunt Santkumari Chepang both live in the village of Rakshirang, in Chitwan district. They always followed the traditions and practices of their ancestors only and therefore remained silent for most of their lives, blindly following their husband’s wishes and demands and taking no action to enable a better life for their…

March 16, 2020
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A strong community needs resilient houses

As he looks up at the walls of the newly built house, he smiles. He gently runs his fingers over the cemented belt, which makes it resistant to earthquakes, a gesture of gratitude and satisfaction. Sanu Chepang has worked all his life on construction sites, but for the first time he can now be sure…

March 9, 2020
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The importance of role models

Dinesh Chepang lives with his family of 8 on the steep slopes of the Mahabharat Mountains in the village of Kaling in Chitwan district. Despite his own struggles, he especially focuses on empowering his female villagers to improve their quality of life and their livelihood. Dinesh draws a clear picture of their past situation: “Before…

March 2, 2020
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On the long road to equal opportunities

Anju Chepang, a member of Jhilimili Female Group, lives with her family in the village of Tarseling in Chitwan district. Like most members of her ethnic group, her home is on the steep slopes of the Mahabharat Mountains in central Nepal. This severe topography and the associated water shortage in the winter season make permanent…

February 18, 2020
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